While I was in Washington, DC recently for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual conference, the newest members of the 116th Congress arrived for their freshmen orientation and class photo. For the first time in history, there are more than 100 women in the US Congress. This includes the first Native American women and the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.
I cannot tell you how it felt to be in our capitol city, knowing that I can now show my daughter, my sons, and my students representatives in our government who look like them, who look like Americans everywhere.
I may not agree with every stand they take, or every vote they make. I don’t have to. It is enough that they were voted by their constituents into Congress, and that they are committed to serving our country representing all of the citizens of their districts.